Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Committee upset over Sando mayor's decision to cancel drive-in cinema

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The Xperience Committee says it regrets the decision made by the San Fernando City Corporation to rescind its approval for the use of the facilities at Skinner Park Second Class grounds for the temporary Drive-In Cinema, which was scheduled to commence operations in July for a period of three months.

In a statement on Tuesday, it said it has not received formal notification of the decision and learnt about it on Monday via social media.

It said the Corporation's decision is a knee-jerk reaction to complaints from recreational users.

"We also regret that the Corporation made this unilateral and ill-advised decision without consulting us or giving us an opportunity to respond to the complaints all of which are wholly unreasonable," it said.

The Committee noted that a year ago, the grounds hosted a long-term Suarez Circus and, before that, an Amusement Park both of which it said occupied significantly more space than the proposed temporary Drive-In Cinema.

It added that the proposed operating hours of the Drive-In Cinema, which would have comprised temporary infrastructure, were in the late evening and would not have hindered or obstructed recreational use of the grounds.

The Committee said the Drive-In Cinema would have provided a safe family environment and filled an entertainment gap caused by the COVID-19 social distancing precautions.

It added that the Drive-In Cinema was part of a public-private arrangement. Xperience noted that it had voluntarily painted the pavilion and intended to refurbish the grounds, re-pave the joggers' track, repair the perimeter fencing and landscape the surroundings.

However, it said this cannot be done.

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